AVANT-GARDE: (N.) The advance group in any field, especially in the visual, literary and musical arts, whose works are characterized by experimental methods. (ADJ.) Unorthodox or daring; radical, primarily in the cultural realm.

YOUTH: (N.) The condition of being young. The time of life when one is young, especially the period between childhood and maturity.

Avant-Youth represents a pushing of the boundaries of what is accepted as the norm or the status quo.

Started by a ragtag team of kids, Avant-Youth is a multimedia lifestyle newsmagazine for Atlanta’s youth, founded with the following principles:
  1. To be good. We want to combat widespread misinformation and disinformation through the old-school principles of journalism, while using the latest technologies.
  2. To be real. We won’t pretend to be completely objective–we’re humans too! Instead, we promise to be accountable and transparent about our processes and methods. Moreover, we promise to be original af: This means creating our own material and giving credit where credit is due.
  3. To be helpful. We promise to not just give you the bad news, but to offer solutions too. We want to be proactive about finding something better, and not settling with whatever “NBD’s.” Our lives are a big deal.
  4. To be mindful. Mainstream media covers mostly about what happened today, but hardly about what happens everyday. It covers the most sensational exceptions, leaving you uninformed about everything else. We hope to redefine what news is about, shifting the focus away from sensation to foundation.
  5. To be with others. We want to celebrate Atlanta’s youth, no matter the race, sexual orientation, religion or political affiliation. Learning and accepting differences has never been more important. As divisiveness and animosity threaten to strangle our democratic integrity, we work to do our part by inviting people from different backgrounds to speak and listen to each other.
  6. To be with you. We engage in community involvement, because good journalism is about publishing for the people, and that can only be done in a meaningful way if we hang out.

At Avant-Youth, we believe that knowledge is power. For years we have been disappointed in the mainstream media, more specifically with their lack of care in serving our society. Entertainment is clickbaity, news is misleading and information is often presented with a hidden agenda. Do we know what we need to know for a happy life? Is anything true these days?

These questions matter, and we care a lot about young people like ourselves that have struggled from a lack of answers.

We want to show how much we care about our communities, and that means sharing knowledge through any form we can think of, with the end result being a more powerful and fulfilled audience.

Avant-Youth publishes twice a week: Tuesdays and Thursdays.